Episode 19: Teaching Writing–Is It Always a Challenge?

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Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show Teaching Writing – Is It Always a Challenge? with B&W photograph of boy with crumpled paper in front of him writing with a pencil

Do you like teaching writing in your homeschool? Even if putting thoughts on paper comes naturally to you, teaching writing can be tricky. Deborah Wuehler, the senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, shares ideas and tips as she talks rewriting, polishing, moving words around, and more in “Teaching Writing—Is It Always a Challenge?” It’s Episode 19 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. 


Connect with God’s Word 

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV)

 “My son, keep my words

and treasure up my commandments with you;

keep my commandments and live;

keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;

bind them on your fingers;

write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1-3 ESV)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on teaching writing, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Fresh homeschool helps are waiting for you inside the Summer issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Take your pick of articles on fun and educational field trips, special needs homeschooling, celebrating music, choosing books, and all the topics you care about. Limited quantities available so grab your copy now before they’re gone. Then plan on a little extra sunshine and a little extra time for reading. And mama? Nice job on another year of homeschooling.

Connect with Product & Curriculum Reviews from The Old Schoolhouse®

With so many products available we often need a little help in making our curriculum choices. Do you need more information on a product before you buy? With over 5,500 products listed in fifty-two easy-to-use categories, much of the information you need to know is only a click away! Let our reviewer-families help yours with The Old Schoolhouse® Product & Curriculum Reviews.

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “Don’t be afraid to try new things, or even scale down a bit on your requirements. Pray continually, and God will be faithful to show you the “write” way for each child.” Deborah Wuehler with photograph of girl holding a notebook and pencil

Connect with Institute for Excellence in Writing

As mentioned in today’s episode, Andrew Pudewa of IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) offers a free adverb list to download. 

Connect with Dianne Craft

As mentioned in today’s episode, Dianne Craft has authored many articles on dysgraphia. 

Connect with 

Whether children are just beginning to read or are already writing full-length novels, language arts courses provide an unparalleled learning experience. Hands-on activities for preschool and elementary students make learning fun, while middle and high school students discover ways to share their creativity. Along the way, grammar and spelling courses polish their writing skills, and poetry and literature classes help them explore meaning and delve deeper into various themes. members have access to many writing courses, like the Weekly Writing Challenge. This course offers multiple writing challenges for students to get their creative juices flowing and practice their writing skills. Using one challenge per week, various topics important to writing are covered such as character formation, setting, point of view, genres, and more. They are given the opportunity to brainstorm, edit, and rewrite.

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Not only can creative writing be a fun addition to your homeschool or English studies, it can also bring your family together by having regular read aloud times, working together on a family writing project, or playing word games. There are several tips and ways to teach creative writing to your children. The Canadian Schoolhouse, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®, shares “6 Tips on Creative Writing for Homeschoolers.”

Connect with Homeschool College Directory & Resources 

You have kept them home, taught them well, and prepared them for life. The time is coming when your high schooler will graduate, spread their wings, and fly. The team that has walked beside you through the homeschooling years is ready to illuminate the path into post-secondary education. The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to offer Homeschool College Directory & Resources, filled with colleges vying for the attention of homeschoolers. Plus, discover invaluable articles specific to this stage of life and other helpful resources to keep your grad on the right path.

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It is brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. If you like what you hear on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, you can find even more on the same topic each week in The Homeschool Minute. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect All Year Long

The mama of all homeschool planners is here. Capture your wildest ideas for 2023–2024 with the Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®. Customizable for any size family, this planner is unique, and smart—like you. Yours to download or print for $29 through June 9, 2023.

Looking for smart curriculum choices too? membership provides over 400 courses for all of your students. And, your membership comes with a free Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner.  

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It is the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. You will find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it is free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download at the App Store today! 

Connect with the Homeschool Influencer Network

Calling homeschool content creators and influencers. If you snap high-res shots and can write strong testimonials, apply for the NEW Homeschool Influencer Network from The Old Schoolhouse®. Reel makers needed too. We supply products; you supply creatives. Apply here.

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here is what you can look forward to next:  

  • 6/12/23: Episode 20—“How Can We Celebrate the Homeschool Dad?” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 6/19/23: Episode 21—“Teachable Moments: Interruptions or Appointments?” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 6/26/23: Episode 22—“Creating Adventures for Independence Day” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

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